\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) \ also stript; stripping; strips

Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
b : to deprive of possessions
c : to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2a : to remove extraneous or superficial matter from a prose style stripped to the bones
b : to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from strip a ship for action
3 : to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4 : to finish a milking of by pressing the last available milk from the teats strip a cow
5a : to remove cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco)
b : to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves)
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (a separable part or fitting)
7 : to separate (components) from a mixture or solution
8 : to press eggs or milt out of (a fish)
9 : to remove (a subcutaneous vein) by means of a surgical instrument

intransitive verb

1a : to take off clothes … anxious to find the young man who stripped down to his boxer shorts and jumped in the river to save her dog.— Mike Byrne
b : to remove one's clothes gradually piece by piece in a seductive or provocative manner especially to the accompaniment of music : to perform a striptease



Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a long narrow piece of a material
b : a long narrow area of land or water
2 : airstrip
3 : a commercially developed area especially along a highway

Other Words from strip


strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strip (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for strip

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of strip in a Sentence

Verb He stripped himself down to his underwear. The prisoners were stripped naked. She gets paid to dance and strip at the club. They stripped the table and refinished it. They stripped the room when they left. The building had been completely stripped of its original woodwork. Noun a small strip of cloth the half-mile strip of road See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even after a consensus for virus funding briefly emerged in March, lawmakers decided to strip out the global aid funding and solely focus the assistance on shoring up U.S. supplies of vaccine booster shots and therapeutics. Zeke Miller And Maria Cheng, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Economists like to strip out food and energy costs, which tend to be volatile, to get a sense of where underlying inflation is headed. Larry Edelman,, 11 May 2022 It is believed the merger could strip out about $1 billion from Kohl’s operations over three years. Sanford Stein, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Aid for Ukraine has wide bipartisan support and could help propel such a package through Congress, but Republican opposition has already forced legislators to strip out pandemic response funding once. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 Aid for Ukraine has wide bipartisan support and could help propel such a package through Congress, but Republican opposition has already forced legislators to strip out pandemic response funding once. Zeke Miller, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 Republicans in the state Legislature sought to strip out both mandates in February, along with provisions that would have prioritized business licenses for people previously convicted of marijuana crimes. NBC News, 17 Mar. 2022 Though amended to strip out many of its most contentious provisions, the bill is still largely opposed by the state’s educators, civil rights organizations, the Black community, the state’s largest parent group and members of the faith community. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Feb. 2022 Organic sales, which strip out the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and currency movements, fell 4% from a very high level a year earlier. Aaron Back, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Top menu options include the bigeye tuna crudo; the 16-ounce New York strip steak served with Argentinian chimichurri; the double-cut pork chop and the local New Jersey fluke, which is served with wild mushrooms and a truffle leek sauce. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, 216-382-5093 Easter-brunch items include lobster frittata, New York strip steak and eggs and filet mignon. cleveland, 9 Apr. 2022 The chain is best known for its pies but also serves classic American fare like a meatloaf and a New York strip steak. Tanay Warerkar, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 Among the offerings are shrimp chowder, chipotle tomato bisque, New York strip steak, ham, poblano home fries, huevos a la Mexicana, chilaquiles, enchiladas de huevo, salmon, chicken and rice and beans. Susan Dunne,, 28 Mar. 2022 The standout defensive lineman was credited with two sacks (although defenders could not tackle quarterbacks), including a strip-sack of fellow freshman Jacurri Brown. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Below, Winovich wins with speed and a rip move to get a strip sack for a touchdown against Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Ogunjobi had a fumble recovery after Trey Hendrickson's strip-sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to set up a field goal by Evan McPherson during the Bengals' playoff win against Las Vegas. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 15 Mar. 2022 Remember two weeks later when Mack’s fourth-quarter strip-sack of Sam Bradford sealed a 16-14 road win over the Arizona Cardinals and his teammates were already likening his skill set and impact to LeBron James’? Dan Wiederer,, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strip


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strip


Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English -strīepan; akin to Old High German stroufen to strip


probably alteration of stripe entry 3

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23 May 2022

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\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped; stripping

Kids Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to remove clothes : undress
2 : to remove a covering or surface layer from I'm stripping furniture for refinishing.
3 : to make bare or clear They passed miles of naked grapevines, stripped of their harvest …— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
4 : to take away all duties, honors, or special rights The soldiers were stripped of their rank.
5 : to remove all the contents (as equipment or accessories) from Thieves stripped the car.
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (as a screw or bolt)



Kids Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long narrow piece or area strips of bacon a strip of land


transitive verb
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) \; stripping

Medical Definition of strip

: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper stripping a varicose saphenous vein


transitive verb
stripped; stripping

Legal Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to divide (a debt security) into separately traded securities entitling the owner usually to either principal or interest alone from the obligation



Legal Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 3)

: a security traded separately from another after stripping specifically : a derivative mortgage-backed security created by the segregation of cash flow from the underlying mortgages or other mortgage-backed securities and entitling the investor to a specified percentage (as 100 percent) of the interest or principal paid


plural STRIPs

Legal Definition of STRIP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a Treasury security that entitles the investor usually to payment of interest or principal exclusively and that is registered in a Federal Reserve bank under a federal program that provides for such separate trading of the components of U.S. Treasury obligations — compare zero-coupon bond at bond sense 2

History and Etymology for strip


separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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